The short answer: kids should get their booster as soon as they are eligible to receive one. On May 17, 2022, the FDA expanded authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine to include a COVID booster for all 5-11-year-olds. On May 19, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to recommend a booster shot for … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID boosters for kids?
What are the risks of head injuries and concussions in kids? What sports have the highest risks of injuries? What can parents do to decrease the risks of injuries in kids?
This post explores deodorant safety and the age at which children can use deodorants.
The vitamin K shot is given at birth to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding or VKDB. This post explores the safety of the shot, its importance, and the risk of alternatives
In this series of COVID FAQs, the SciMoms answer your frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. In this FAQ, we focus on COVID variants, including the Delta and Omicron variants. As we learn about each new variant, we can draw on what we already know about viruses, variants, and immunity to … Continue reading SciMoms COVID FAQ: What you need to know about COVID variants
Two years ago, a typical breakfast outing with my family changed our lives. My six-month-old showed interest in my scrambled eggs, so I gave him a few spoonfuls. By the time we got home ten minutes later, his face was red and hives were popping up across his face. After a visit to pediatric urgent … Continue reading Food Allergy Testing: What To Expect
In this post, SciMoms asked mom and ICU nurse, Renee Chavez, about her experience in the Pfizer kids COVID vaccine trials for kids under 12. Renee has been an ICU (intensive care unit) nurse for 12 years. She worked for 6 years in the adult ICU and 6 years in the pediatric CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive … Continue reading Here’s why I enrolled my children in the kids COVID vaccine trials
We examine bacterial meningitis and meningococcal disease, and which vaccines can prevent various causes of meningitis.
On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their masking and other recommendations to help mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This post will discuss why the recommendations have changed, review the current CDC masking guidelines, and compare the guidelines to masking recommendations from other organizations and countries. Why do CDC … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: Why did CDC mask recommendations change again?
A SciMoms Guide to Folate and Folic Acid in Pregnancy If you’re planning to get pregnant, it’s important to start taking folic acid at least one month before you conceive in order to ensure your baby’s healthy neurodevelopment. While we don’t know the exact role of folic acid in pregnancy, we know that folic acid … Continue reading Yes, You Should Start Taking Folic Acid Before You Get Pregnant